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Performers Wanted to Audition for Fourth Annual 'Happy Valley’s Got Talent' Show

by on March 01, 2014 10:50 AM

Find your inner superstar and sign up now to audition for the Fourth annual “Happy Valley’s Got Talent” show.

Open auditions for the Tides fundraising show will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2, at Indigo night club in State College. All varieties of performing acts, from vocalists and dancers, to musicians and more, are invited to audition.

Performers will be broken out into three age divisions. The 12 best acts will advance to the finals at the State Theatre on Saturday, March 29.

Auditions for all performers, except for pianists, will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4 pm. on Saturday, March 1 and from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 2 at Indigo night club in State College. Pianists will be auditioned separately from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 1 at The State Theatre in downtown State College.

There is no fee to participate, and all performers are asked to register online prior to the audition dates. In-person registration will be possible on the days of the auditions, space allowing.

Last year’s show attracted more than 50 acts that auditioned for the 12 finalist spots.

Audition information and registration forms are available at or email

More about the show:

There are new age divisions this year. Four acts in three age categories will advance to the finals and compete for cash prizes ($250, $150, $75 and $50 in each category).

The three divisions are:

  • Future Fame Division (12–15 years old)
  • Rising Stars Division (16–20 years old)
  • Prime Time Division (21 and older)

This benefit show is patterned after the nationally televised show “America’s Got Talent.” The finals, judged by area celebrities, will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 at The State Theatre. A 2 p.m. family-oriented matinee on Saturday will not be judged, but kids in the audience will vote for their overall “Kids’ Choice” winner in each category. The evening performance of the show will feature a live auction and a raffle, with all proceeds going to support Tides.

This year’s celebrity judges include Sue Paterno, State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham and Jamie Bestwick, along with Penn State music professionals Ted Christopher and Mary Saunders-Barton. Local veterinarian and comedian, Fred Metzger, will host the show, which is being produced by local playwright and show producer Jerry Sawyer.

“The ‘Happy Valley’s Got Talent’ show, now in its fourth year, has become Tides’ signature fundraising event and is a must-see, fun family event and raises a significant amount of money for Tides” says Suzanne Thompson, Tides executive director. “We are very grateful for the many ways in which the community has embraced this show and the mission of Tides. Our families have taught us that through their grief journey, they sometimes forget how to have fun. This night is a tribute to them and really to our community. There is so much great talent we are able to showcase. Be prepared to be completely entertained.”

The show is presented by Metzger Animal Hospital and the auditions are sponsored by Indigo. Thompson says the show wouldn’t be possible without these and many other community partners that have helped to keep this show at a very high quality level. “We have had so many great community partners get involved with sponsoring and donating to the event,” says Thompson. “We at Tides are humbled by the generous support we receive.” Sponsorship opportunities still exist for the event, and interested parties are invited to contact Thompson for more information.

Ticket prices are $10 for the matinee, $20 for the evening show and $50 for both a show ticket and the Pre-show reception at The University Club. The pre-show reception features catering by Rotelli and entertainment by Zack Maser and Brady Wassom. Tickets are available at The State Theatre box office ($3 ticketing fee per ticket).

Tides is a peer support program offered at no cost to grieving children, teens, and the people who love them in Centre county and surrounding areas. Though everyone deals with the loss of a loved one in their own way, Tides was created specifically to support grieving children and teens as they try to understand and cope with their loss, to express their feelings and to find healing in their lives. Tides meets the first and third Thursdays of each month at Houserville Elementary School.

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.
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